What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the size, shape, and/or position of the nose. More commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’, it is one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures available.
The patient may choose to reduce or increase the size of their nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip.
Planning Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
Your surgeon will determine if you are suitable for a soft treatment or if you require a surgical solution to the problem. A soft solution can be provided at the same consultation.
Computer analysis can aid in conveying your wishes to the surgeon and may also help the surgeon relay post-operative expectations back to you.
After your Rhinoplasty consultation at Australia Plastic Surgery, adjustments may be made to your nasal tip, your nasal dorsum, your nasal width, and your nasal base. A change in one of these features, however, can have significant effect on the appearance of the others. Meticulous surgical technique, combined with an in-depth knowledge of nasal anatomy and a wide array of rhinoplasty nuances allow Doctors Barnouti and Kohout to customize the rhinoplasty operation to your individual needs.
As one of the most technical and creative procedures in plastic surgery, doctors Kohout and Barnouti take pride in specialising in the rhinoplasty procedure.
Access to this is gained in one of two ways; either directly through the nostrils (without visible scar), or by means of a small incision across the columella (the vertical strip of tissue separating them). This will depend on the nature of the individual case.
Reduction Rhinoplasty Surgery
Contemporary rhinoplasty has undergone several changes over the last two decades. A reduction rhinoplasty is suggested for patients who wish to have smaller noses. It is accomplished by cutting away excessive cartilage and bone and letting the natural skin envelope shrink down to the smaller framework. The aim of the procedure is to produce a natural looking nose that maintains excellent breathing capacity.
Augmentation Rhinoplasty (Enlarging the Nose, Changing the Shape, or the Size)
This technique utilises natural tissue to produce a nose that matches the face and the race of the individual. The skin of the nose has no shape; it is the underlying cartilage and bony architecture that give shape to the nose. Therefore, these noses require specific placement of grafts (your own tissue) and sometimes implant material to produce a natural looking nose that matches the rest of the face. This is a popular procedure among people of Asian descent.
Reshaping Rhinoplasty (Changing the Shape Only)
Some patients are happy with the size of their noses but not happy with the shape. This may include the shape of the tip, the bridge, or the root of the nose. Such medical problems can be addressed with a variety of options ranging from a simple, non-invasive technique to a larger-scale, surgical procedure.
The nose will be very sensitive for the first few days and there will be some bruising during this time too, reaching its peak two to three days after surgery.
Cold compresses will help accelerate the healing process.
If there are stitches, they are removed four to seven days after surgery, after which the majority of patients do not require further dressing. Some may require a simple tape for few days.
It can take several months before the final effect is visible.
Intense physical activity should be avoided for about a month due to the vulnerability of the nose during this time.
Doctors Kohout and Barnouti emphasise a sincere balance between the nose and the rest of your face. This means considering your facial proportions, skin thickness, cartilaginous rigidity and bony formations. Simultaneously, your nasal septum may need to be addressed to improve breathing. Other nasal structures, such as the turbinates, may need assessment and surgical adjustment for the same reasons. It is vital that a multifaceted approach be utilised in the assessment and execution of your rhinoplasty.
At the consultation, you will be educated about the details of your operative assessment and the reasoning behind each of the planned surgical manoeuvres. Computer analysis can aid in conveying your wishes to the surgeon and may also help the surgeon relay postoperative expectations back to you.
Total Cost: $5,900 (including Surgeon’s fee, Assistant Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist’s fee, Hospital, operating theatre and all follow up visits cost).
This price assumes top hospital cover with a private fund and that your operation attracts a medical item number. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of $3,000.